About Monica Goebel

As President and COO of The Art of Really Living, Monica arranges keynote speeches, convocation and commencement addresses, and private workshops presented by John K. Coyle and other strategically curated experts. She serves as the point of contact for logistics and negotiations with business leaders, human resources managers, university administrators, corporate trainers, event planners and association executives. She also works closely with the expert presenters and performers who partner with The Art of Really Living to deliver engaging and exciting events. 

Prior to founding The Art of Really Living, Monica was a highly regarded lawyer and business development coach. She practiced law for nearly 20 years at Steptoe & Johnson LLP, an international law firm, climbing the ranks to become the managing partner of the Phoenix office. She served as a trusted advisor and advocate for a broad range of clients in the aerospace, insurance, retail and manufacturing industries, and was consistently recognized as a leading expert by independent attorney ranking authorities. 

Drawn to and embodying the philosophy of The Art of Really Living, Monica took a step towards a meaningful, time-saturated life (vs. time-starved life) by leaving the hourly billing arms race and the rock-star house-on-the hill in Phoenix, Arizona, and moving with her husband and two boys to an idyllic natural setting in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Leveraging the experience and knowledge gained during her career as a lawyer, Monica then became a business development coach to other lawyers, helping them to grow their revenues utilizing their personal strengths and marketing tools. Her career as a coach allowed her to embark on a series of adventures with her husband and two young children - including 8 months of backpacking in Central and South America. Monica is moving ever closer to her core strengths of helping others succeed, and expanding her capacity for resilience, by taking on new business and travel challenges, and creating time expanding moments of really living to remember forever. 


Goebel Consulting Business development coach for lawyers. Provide one-on-one coaching and training to lawyers and other professional service providers to help them grow their revenue stream. Realizing that every professional has a unique personality, practice and schedule, Monica works with her clients to identify and draw on their own personal strengths to create strategic plans with the right action steps focused on the right targets, so that their marketing is well organized, results-driven and successful. Her methods are rock solid and have resulted in her clients being promoted to equity partner, landing significant new engagements, and spinning off work to their colleagues. 

Steptoe & Johnson LLP Managing Partner of the Phoenix office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, a major international law firm. During her nearly 20 years with Steptoe, Monica helped build and manage a multi-million dollar book of business; provided advice and counsel to Fortune 100 Companies and a wide range of clients in the aerospace, insurance, retail, technology and manufacturing industries; advocated on behalf of clients before state and federal regulatory agencies and courts, including the United States Supreme Court; and chaired office committees on Business Development, Professional Training and Recruiting. Monica attributes her professional success to her talent for identifying the strengths of her team members and maximizing those strengths to achieve their highest potential and best results.

Professional Affiliations, Leadership Roles and Community Service

  • Co-Founder, Peru For Life, home for abused teen-aged girls and their babies in Cuzco, Peru
  • Member, National Ski Patrol; active patroller at Alpine Valley Resort
  • Management Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section Pro Bono Committee
  • ClientFocus Women Rainmakers Roundtable
  • Chair of the Arizona State Bar Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Phoenix Rotary 100, Fellowship Chair 
  • Town of Geneva, Parks Commission, Co-Chair Earth Day Celebration Committee
  • President, Woods School Parent Teacher Group

Honors and Awards

Law Clerk to Francis X. Gordon, Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court

Goebel has been highly ranked and recognized by the following companies: Best Lawyers in America; Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers; Law Dragon; and Southwest Super Lawyers.


Grand Canyon University, B.S., magna cum laude, double major in Criminal Justice and Public Administration, with a minor in English (1985)

Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Articles Editor for the Arizona State Law Journal (1988)